Church Activities

The Venerable John Holliman

With deep regret we have to record the death of the Venerable John Holliman who was Vicar of Funtington and Rector of West Stoke from 1999-2010. The funeral will take place in Funtington Church at 2.30 pm on Saturday 18 March 2017.

The Retirement of Father Charles Howard – Feb 2017

Father Charles is retiring on 2nd April 2017 and his final service will be a combined Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Funtington at 10.30am on 26th February after which he will be on leave.  Following this service there will be a “Bring and Share Lunch” in the Church Room to which all are welcome.

(Note that the services at West Stoke and Funtington churches on February 26th in the Parish Diary have been cancelled)

HM Queen’s Birthday Barbecue Update – July 2016

From the July 2016 Parish Newsletter

THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY We are pleased that the barbecue in the Church Field on 11th June to celebrate that Queen’s birthday was a great success and attracted over 120 visitors. We would like to thank the Church for organizing the event which was open to all parishioners regardless of faith or creed and WSCC for its financial support. Many thanks

Chichester District Council is offering a grant of £250 towards the costs of running a Parish celebration for the Queens 90th Birthday. Councillors have asked that the grant should be applied for in support of the BBQ at Vicarage Meadows on 11th June  and the Clerk is applying  for the grant. The East Ashling Association is holding a lunch party on 12 June.

Funtington Craft Fair with Music

Funtington Church was full on Saturday with many stall holders, selling their goods made at home as in a Mediaeval Fair. Everyone reported a great day with Christmas music from the choir and instrumental players. Get in touch if you missed it as there are still lots of Christmas fare and gifts that can still be purchased.

Coffee Morning in the Funtington Church Parish Room

Every Wednesday from 11am to 12 noon in the Funtington Church Room. Coffee/tea and biscuits (decaffeinated tea and coffee available) and a chance to meet up with your friends and neighbours

Funtington Parish Consolidated Charities

FUNTINGTON PARISH CHARITY – At its last meeting the Parish Council appointed four parishioners to serve as representative trustees on the Funtington Parish Charity, properly known as the Funtington Consolidated Charities. The Charity, the primary object of which is the relief of the poor in Funtington, is the result of a scheme of union by the Charity Commissioners in 1910 of four former charities, of which there are records of at least one going back to 1595, which had similar objects.

With the introduction of the Welfare State there has been less call upon charities of this nature and, of course, inflation has eroded its assets. The charity has however made gifts in recent years when instances of destitution have come to light in the Parish. It is a salutary lesson to us all that there should be such need in this Parish.

The assets of the charity include a field in Lye Lane, let to a farmer.The Charity makes grants annually to parish groups and individuals. Further information from Gordon Quennell, Chairman of Trustees. (01243 575745) and Parish Councillor Ray Knight (01243 575429)

Funtington Church Choir

Funtington ChoirIn 2009 the Funtington Church Choir were on Television.

Unfortunately the video has been incorrectly added to You Tube. Nevertheless enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gv4_khhS6Q&feature=youtu.be

Little Fishes

Little Fishes is specially for Pre- School children and their parents/grandparents.  They meet at the 9.30a.m. Family Eucharist in St. Mary’s Church, Funtington every Sunday, except the first, in term time. They sing songs, listen to a story and have an activity and return to the congregation during the Offertory hymn. Afterwards they enjoy coffee and chats in the Church Room.